The Sick Kids Friends Foundation (SKFF), which supports the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC) in Edinburgh, has reported its most successful year to date.
It beat its fundraising target for 2016, raising over £1.8m, beating its 2015 total by £95,723. It also gave £3,180,815 in grants and donations, the highest amount it has given in one year.
The largest percentage of 2016 grants total has been committed to the Art and Therapeutic Design programme at the new Sick Children’s hospital, which is due to open at Little France in 2018.
In addition, the charity has committed a further £1,085,636 to support its ongoing charitable work at the current hospital and in the community.
As a result the charity’s management team recognise that they have to maintain these levels of success.
Roslyn Neely, CEO at the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, said their outstanding year deserved to be celebrated. In January this year she and her colleagues dedicated a day to say thank you to supporters.
Roslyn said: “We were, and continue to be, overwhelmed by the huge amount of support that we received throughout 2016 and we want to express how grateful we are to everyone who was involved with fundraising and donating…
“However, while the clinical work of the hospital is world class and often ground-breaking, the challenge to keep fundraising continues. We need the support of fundraisers to help us provide the magical extras which make a child or young persons’ stay in hospital easier and more special.”
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